Major Labels Stopping CD Releases by End of 2012

Is this what the Mayans prophesied? CDs are going to be abandoned by major labels by the end of next year. This is sort of the end of the world to me. I don’t care if people say it’s inevitable, or to get with the times, no, I want to hold that CD and CD case/sleeve in my hand. There’s something special about getting that cd from the store, maybe listening to some of it first at a listening station, going home or getting in your car and taking that plastic off, taking the CD out, and popping it in your cd player. And checking out the cd sleeve, liner notes, pictures, sometimes lyrics, etc. And the smell, and everything. What’s the fun or experience of downloading it?

Another casualty of instant gratification. Just like books which should not be going obsolete because of the digital age. Big industries, and in turn consumers, seem to be forgetting the value of holding something in your hand and having a keepsake of memories/experiences. You can say it’s just going the natural way of records, 8-tracks, cassettes, videos, etc. (many of which I love to hold on to), but this is abandoning anything of substance for a digital bunch of numbers and data in audio form. Ugh…

CD-format to be abandoned by major labels by the end of 2012

As for the point of CDs being too “expensive” to make and having less demand, fine. But while I’ve only gotten like 2 cds this year, due to my own money issues, I haven’t paid for any downloaded music at all yet, and i don’t plan to for a long time. And I get the idea this will be bad for artists that aren’t already famous because it’ll be more likely people download songs from artists they already are very used to.. my logic may be wrong but that’s the idea I get. But this definitely will be bad for music stores which are already suffering, and will also go extinct, the way of the bookstores… UGH.

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